Francie grew up in Gilford, a picturesque New Hampshire village that drew educated, visionary people to live their ideals. Their spirit and sense of community deeply shaped her values. Civil rights activities – including marching with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr– prefigured her commitment to healing the planet and its peoples. She moved to Seattle and as a graduate sculpture student at UW School of Art found her greatest inspiration working with Dance Department head, Joan Skinner. Francie is a versatile educator – from college teaching to designing school programs in visual thinking to environmental education.
Jim graduated from the University of Washington with a Bachelor of Science in Botany. He worked as a laboratory technician and then returned to Western Washington University, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Art Education. He graduated from the Master Gardener program through the County Extension Office after which he started his own landscape business. It was in those classes where Jim met Mary Ann and George Drake, from whom he bought plants from their nursery at the present site of Big Rock Garden Park. Jim worked for the City of Bellingham Parks Department on grounds and trails. During this time he became an ISA certified arborist and was a licensed pesticide applicator. He has a strong interest in both plants and art. Landscaping encompasses those interests as well as his volunteering at Big Rock Garden Park and with Sculpture Northwest.
A Northern California native Therese moved to Whidbey Island over a decade ago. After a brief recess with her newly retired husband, she returned to her longtime profession of Real Estate. Some 20 years prior she visited Big Rock Garden Park in Bellingham and started a relationship with fellow stone sculptors, artists, gallery owners
Therese successfully orchestrated a POP-UP sculpture gallery and was asked to join the Oak Harbor Arts Commission where she was inspired to advocate ART for her Whidbey Island’s north end. She enjoys spending time carving stone with fellow sculptors at the Freeland Art Studios, is an active member of the NWSSA, studying life, connecting people, ideas and events to create cultural awareness.
I moved to the Pacific Northwest when I retired from The Sacramento Police Department after 30 years. Having been an avid art collector for much of my adult life, following international, regional and local artists and supporting my wife Therese in her sculpting endeavors, it only seemed natural for us to want to build a sculpture park. Together we acquired the adjoining 10 acres of land to our residence, began amassing a selection of large scale 3D art and should see the vision a reality in the Summer of 2020.
I am happy to help bring the vision of Sculpture Northwest into a new and forward-moving organization.
Karla, a sculptor and painter, moved to Washington in 1985 from New York. Starting in 1989, she co-owned a gallery on Camano Island with artist Jack Gunter. Karla dreamed about having a sculpture park so while still running the gallery, She bought a 10-acre property, cleared the land and built Matzke Fine Art Gallery and Sculpture Park in 2008. She wanted a peaceful place to display art both indoors and outdoors. When she couldn’t afford to have someone help her create the sculpture park, she rented the tractors and heavy equipment herself and cleared pathways through the densely forested area.
Richard is an abstract sculptor and painter with a primary focus on composition. His goal is to create visually engaging art that continues to endure on an intellectual and emotional level. Richard’s history includes a BFA, BEd, and MFA from WSU, Pullman; a scholarship to study art at Nihon University in Japan; and a sabbatical to study art and architecture in NYC, Europe, and Russia. Richard built a career as an art educator and taught intaglio printmaking at Skagit Valley College. He has been represented by numerous regional galleries. He’s been a full-time artist for 12 years and has been represented by numerous regional galleries.
Scott became interested in sculpture through visits to sculpture parks. Discovering outdoor art integrated into a natural setting inspired him to create and share his own vision of a sculpture park. Price Sculpture Forest is currently under development on 16 acres in Coupeville on Whidbey Island. Part of his mission is to provide exposure for local sculptors to admirers and patrons. This led to his support of Sculpture Northwest. He was previously represented by east coast galleries and won many juried exhibitions for his photography. His professional background was in team and program management at technology companies, and as a real estate investor.
Frank has been involved in the arts on Whidbey Island since 1985 as a board member of the Whidbey Island Arts Council and the Whidbey Island Center for the Arts.